‘An Animal on the Court’- Bulls’ Zach LaVine Reveals What He Learnt From Michael Jordan in the Last Dance

Published 01/04/2021, 1:12 PM EST
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls during the 1997 McDonald’s Championship. (Photo by Dimitri Iundt/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)


Chicago Bulls won their third game of the regular season as they defeated the Dallas Mavericks 118-108. The Bulls were led by their 25-year-old star Zach LaVine.

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LaVine recorded a stellar display against the Mavs as he scored 39 points at 56% shooting from the field. He also had 5 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds in the night.

The 25-year-old has been one of the positives for the Bulls in the last 2 years. With LaVine transforming into a star, the Bulls will hope that other young players step up and support him.

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LaVine appreciates how Michael Jordan handled all the pressure

Zach LaVine has been pretty vocal about how Michael Jordan inspired him and why he was his favorite player growing up.

In the post game press conference NBA insider when Scoop B asked LaVine about what his major takeaway from MJ’s documentary series The Last Dance was, the 25-year-old had an intriguing answer to the same.

He said, “I think the thing I didn’t realize is how much stress and how much pressure he had on him and how he handled it.

“It was cool to see him with the camera on him and see how he handled it and if he was in the hotel room with the cigar or if he was going golfing to decompress.”

He added, “And then he got his mind ready and he turned into an animal on the court. That was what I took away from it, all these outside distractions and how he handled it, and he was still the best player on the planet at the end of the day every night.”

The Last Dance took all the NBA fans by storm as people marveled on the greatness of Michael Jordan. The 10-part documentary series based on MJ and the Bulls offered some great insight into the icon’s life and also told us a lot about the legendary Chicago Bulls.

Can the Bulls make it to the Playoffs this season

The Bulls have been off to a pretty slow start to their regular season. They have played a total of 7 games but won only 3 games till now.

Zach LaVine was the main man for the Bulls yet again as over the course of these 7 games he averaged 24.6 points, 3.7 assists, and 4.7 rebounds. He is a proven scorer for 2 seasons now and is still their go to scoring option.

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Sophomore Coby White has been decent this season, as he has upped his average output from last season. But he has been very inconsistent, which does not make him the most reliable second scoring option.

Dec 23, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Daniel Gafford (12) blocks the shot of Atlanta Hawks guard Brandon Goodwin (0) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Lauri Markkanen has only played 4 games and has averaged similar numbers from last season. It has been 4 seasons since his debut in the league, but everyone is still waiting for that one break out season from the 7’0 forward. This season might be his last chance to break out as a star for the Bulls.

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The Bulls have a good core of young players. This season might be pivotal for the development of all these young players. Given the quality they have right now, they might not be playoff challengers just yet. But if their players fulfill their potential, they might become a top team in a couple of years.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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